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A Level: Sociology at De Lisle College

Course description

Ever wondered why there is inequality in the world? Where we get our identity from? Why girls do better at school than boys? How you are controlled in different aspects of your life?

The skills you learn in Sociology are marketable and having it on your CV shows that you understand the world around you. Studying Sociology will allow you to develop your interpersonal, communication skills whilst enhancing your ability to critically evaluate the world around you. Sociology will help you acquire a questioning mind which will understand the contemporary social processes and social changes which are occurring today. You will become a natural leader as sociology teaches you how to find information, extract what is important and then turn it into a compelling argument which you can you use to influence and motivate others. Sociology does all this whilst fostering a lifelong interest in social issues and a respect for social diversity; Sociology gives you an excellent all-round education.

Course content

The Sociology A level takes you on a journey that will challenge you to think about the world in a very different way. The Sociology A level course will start with the building blocks of any society: our culture. We will look at how it is transferred from one generation to the next whilst also examining the range of subcultures which exist. We will consider the impact your gender and ethnicity will have on your chances of being successful in education and the range of methods which can be employed to study human behaviour. For the A level course this knowledge will be further extended to enhance your understanding of research methods through a range of theoretical debates on the structure of society. This will then be used to analyse the impact criminality has on communities and the broader implications and causes of crime, before we finally delve into the world of belief systems, charting the rise and fall of a range of religious organisations and the function religious beliefs has in modern society.


Year 12

You will study:

• Culture and Identity

• Education & Methods in context

• Research Methods


Year 13

You will study:

• Beliefs in Society

• Crime, Theory and Methods



3 2-hour examinations on the topic above.

Entry requirements

To be accepted into De Lisle College Sixth Form students need to achieve 4 grade 4's and 2 grade 5's. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is recommended.

Additionally, this subject requires:

Minimum grade 5 in GCSE Sociology or grade 5 in English.


For more information please visit the De Lisle Sixth Form curriculum website.

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Future opportunities

Sociology graduates are found across a wide range of occupational areas. However, many are attracted to careers enabling them to use aspects of what they have learned and gained whilst studying Sociology. This centres on an interest in society and the challenges and demands that members of a society face. This leads to careers in social services; education; criminal justice; welfare services; the government; business, administration counselling; charities; and the voluntary sector. Many graduates go on to carve careers out of social research by being independent consultants who examine trends in human behaviour for a variety of clients.


Further information

The College holds an ‘Into the Sixth Form Evening’ in November, where prospective students can find out more about the course. Otherwise further information on this course can be obtained by contacting De Lisle.


Applications can be made online via the De Lisle Sixth Form website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Lisle College directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2018
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